Event highlights in Hawke's Bay

There are plenty of major events that happen across the region, so check out some of the highlights listed below that you may like to plan into your journey. Hawke’s Bay is a year-round events destination offering something for everyone so make sure to check if there is anything on while you are there.

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Napier Art Deco Festival

February annually

New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Napier, celebrates its annual festival in February with 200+ events, including entertainment experiences, outdoor concerts, vintage car parades, fashions shows, dining experiences, great Gatsby picnics and so much more. Over 40,000 people flock from all over the world into Napier to see it transform back in time and enjoy this iconic event.

Art Deco Napier website

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Mission Estate Winery Concert

February or March annually

Held late Summer/early Autumn, Mission Estate Winery welcomes up to 25,000 people to its stunning natural amphitheatre surrounded by vines to enjoy a concert from a major international act. In recent years, the Mission Concert has hosted Phil Collins, Rod Stewart and Barry Gibb. This is the largest winery concert in New Zealand.

Mission Estate Winery Concert website

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Horse of the Year

March annually

The New Zealand Horse of the Year Show is touted as one of the greatest equestrian celebrations on the planet by people all over the world. It's a true celebration of all things equestrian that encompass all that is good about New Zealand and a shared love of horses.

Horse of the Year website

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F.A.W.C! Food & Wine Classic

June & November annually

F.A.W.C! is a series of “out of the box” food and wine experiences set in stunning locations throughout Hawke’s Bay. It’s a chance to get up close and personal with chefs and food producers, wine makers and all the other clever people that make up the New Zealand food and wine scene.

F.A.W.C! website

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Hawke's Bay International Marathon

May annually

Run away to Hawke's Bay for a running festival incorporating 42km, 21km, 10km and 3km kids run options. Take in the best highlights of the region, with flat easy running through local cycle trails, quiet country roads and pass vineyards and orchards - all finishing at the impressive Elephant Hill winery where you can celebrate your efforts in style.

Hawke's Bay Marathon website